The Great Treasure of Suffering


The sufferings, which appear so hard and objectionable to us in our lives are in reality full of the greatest treasures a Christian can find. They are like the shell in which a pearl rests. And what is the pearl, the end result of the sufferings? Hope. Suffering produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us. Where there is still hope, there is no defeat; there may be every kind of weakness, much clamor and complaining, much anxious shouting; nevertheless, because hope is present, the victory has already been won. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Quoted in In Search of Deep Faith


Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like
  1. What I wish someone had told me at the beginning. 100 pastors share their wisdom over the years.
  2. Thom Rainer on 5 things you should know about pastors and their pay.
  3. 6 ways to handle stress at Christmas.
  4. Joe Carter on The queen James ‘gay’ bible. Not surprising someone has done this, sad, but not surprised.
  5. David Fairchild on How to respond to tragedy.
  6. 8 questions every social media strategy must answer.
  7. Watch the conversation (below) every parent needs to have with their kids about a digital footprint.

What Good is God?: In Search of a Faith that Matters

I’ve always enjoyed Philip Yancey. His book Soul Survivor: How my Faith Survived the Church was unbelievably helpful to me almost 6 years ago when I was in a very dark place in my relationship with God.

His most recent book What Good is God?: In Search of a Faith that Matters was off the charts. I have always resonated with his writing style, his stories and the questions he asks about faith and God. This book set out to answer the question, “What good is God? What does religious faith offer peasants undergoing persecution, or students recovering from a campus massacre, or women who have spent years of virtual slavery in the sex trade? If I can find an answer, or even a clue, to the question of what good is God in situations like these, it will help me with the hard questions of faith that confound all of us at times.”

The book is broken up into 10 parts, with 2 chapters each. Each part is based on a situation or a place he traveled, everything from going to Virginia Tech the week of the campus massacre, going to South Africa, interacting with women rescued from the sex trade. He tells the story, the background, the time of his trip. The other chapter is the talk he gave at a conference, church service or at a dinner.

Often what people are asking when they ask the question this book is based on is, “Why doesn’t God intervene more in life? Why does God allow things to happen that we would stop?” One of the things Yancey shared is that God is everywhere, one of our roles as followers of Jesus is to make him visible in that place. God does intervene in our world, he often chooses to do it through his followers.

This turned out to be a great read, one that goes great with our next series at Revolution Church Hope When Life Hurts the Most. If you are looking for a great book to read that will challenge your thoughts on faith and how God works, this is a book worth picking up.

This Weekend @ Revolution: Having Faith When Your World Caves In

Maybe you’ve had a moment in your life, a series of moments when it seemed like your world caved in. God seemed distant and not in control of life. It might be a financial issue, health, family situation, divorce. What do you do in those moments? How do you have faith when faith seems impossible? How do you trust in a God who says He is in control, but life seems like that isn’t true? How do you add Scripture up to real life in those moments?

This will happen to you at some point.

As we continue our series The Story of God this week, we are looking at the book of Job.

It promises to be a powerful night.

So, do whatever you have to do to be at Revolution this week (and bring someone with you, you never know how a simple invite can make an eternal difference). An easy way to invite someone is to send them an e-vite.

Remember, we meet at 4:15 & 6pm at 6620 E 22nd St.

See you Saturday.

Leveraging Your Past – Wess Stafford

wca speakerSession 5 was broken into three parts.

Part 3 featured a talk by Wes Stafford “Leveraging Your Past.” Wess is the President & CEO of Compassion International and the author of Too Small to Ignore.

This was an incredibly powerful talk, his story is unbelievable.

  • Leadership without passion in not leadership at all
  • If you lack integrity, you lack everything
  • Leadership is a gift by those who willingly follow them
  • If God can use me, He can use anyone
  • God wants to use the pain in our lives to leverage His glory
  • Our pain is the catalyst for everything we will do
  • Often, we look at the wrong side of the story and miss what God did and is doing through our stories
  • Our greatest leadership moments will come in some of our darkest moments
  • Terrible things can happen when children are seen as second rate or expendable
  • God wants to redeem our stories and leverage them for good
  • What moves you passionately? What brings you to tears?
  • Nothing is wasted, everything can be redeemed
  • Look in a mirror, who is this person I’m looking at?
  • What moves you to tears?
  • Forgivness means giving up the right for revenge
  • Revelation 21:4